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abstract speed & sound since 2015

06/24/2020
Compartments Remixes, by Adam Holmes

: : New Release : :
SLH020R: Adam Holmes – Compartments Remixes
Available July 3rd

Following the “mesmerizing” (The Road to Sound), “hypnotic” (Lucid Culture) ambient-electronic debut album Compartments last fall, percussionist-composer Adam Holmes takes his solo project deeper into abstract realms.

In Compartments Remixes, four artists in the emerging niche of hybridized, synthesis-heavy composition – Phong Tran, Cassie Wieland, Brooks Frederickson, and Adam Cuthbert – were commissioned personally by Holmes and mastered by Grammy award-winning engineer Mike Tierney, each leave their unique stamps on each of the original tracks.

The resultant 21-minute EP transforms Holmes’ “immaculately finessed” (Musical America) recording stems into a kaleidoscopic offering, where flower pot strikes become juke-inflected beats, simple reverb becomes an ecosystem of dancing spectral melodies, and polyrhythmic woodblock lines disintegrate into intense, swirling storms.

Bonus Ableton Live Pack includes Max4Live instruments and sample packs designed by Brooks Frederickson and Adam Cuthbert which were used in the production of their remixes.

All proceeds of Compartments Remixes will be split 50/50 to Black Lives Matter of Greater New York (www.blacklivesmattergreaterny.com) and the Audre Lorde Project for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non Conforming People of Color (www.alp.org).

4 track album

Black lives matter. Defund and demilitarize the police. We're following our DIY-label siblings and Bandcamp to donate 10...
06/05/2020
slashsound

Black lives matter. Defund and demilitarize the police.

We're following our DIY-label siblings and Bandcamp to donate 100% of our proceeds today to the Advancement Project National Office, and our label cofounder Adam will match donations.

While we do not have a new release this month, the majority of our catalog has been priced at pay-what-you-can. At the start of the covid pandemic we released a new community mixtape to raise funds for musicians who were put out of work by cultural closure, and we're proud to have raised hundreds of dollars for Equal Sound's Corona Relief Fund with this modest initiative. Now, we're at an even more urgent crossroads as the humanitarian crisis of police violence against black Americans sees organized demonstrations in all 50 states and in 19 countries around the world. Join us in supporting APNO, who promotes racial justice legislation and education efforts to push back against white supremacy and rising authoritarianism.

Our catalog: http://slashsound.bandcamp.com

and a collection of 1000+ black artists you can support directly: http://blackbandcamp.info

abstract speed and sound mgt: [email protected]

#bandcampday is first friday: 100% sales on @bandcamp go to the artist today. that includes @adampholmes’ gorgeous ambie...
05/02/2020

#bandcampday is first friday: 100% sales on @bandcamp go to the artist today. that includes @adampholmes’ gorgeous ambient percussion tape COMPARTMENTS, @ivt_cuthbear’s USB album+remix kit SCARLETRISINGMOON and slashsound’s first ever release A UTOPIAN ACT cds - - we’re still shipping thru the covid era. @ Brooklyn, New York

in tandem with Bandcamp's first-friday artists-get-100% revenue day, our latest mixtape has a new closing track! We're g...
05/01/2020

in tandem with Bandcamp's first-friday artists-get-100% revenue day, our latest mixtape has a new closing track!

We're giving all proceeds for the life of this compilation to Equal Sound's Corona Relief Fund, and Equal Sound's own founder, composer Nick Norton, shares some dangerous modulations in "Mix_Bus_09_v2.1_24bit.wav?dl=0". check it out and support if you're able~
https://slashsound.bandcamp.com/album/slashsound12

Tonight [tuesday] from 8p til late! tune in to our twitch channel (https://www.twitch.tv/slashsound) for live sets from ...
04/07/2020

Tonight [tuesday] from 8p til late! tune in to our twitch channel (https://www.twitch.tv/slashsound) for live sets from RETCON & IVT to commemorate the release of our benefit mixtape for @equalsoundmusic's Corona Relief Fund.

come light up the chat and support the initiative~

04/01/2020
slashsound1.2, by slashsound

SLH022: slashsound1.2 (A Benefit Mixtape)

slashsound1.2 is a snapshot in time of sounds from the living rooms and local hard drives from the beginning of the covid-19 era. All proceeds go to assist artists who now find themselves in a financial strain as a result of total cultural closures, via Equal Sound's Corona Relief Fund.

As everyone holds down in their shelters for an uncertain future, recorded music takes on a renewed role as a source of comfort and familiarity, and an opportunity to escape into imaginary landscapes outside our corporeal home. So we tapped our community, from around the city and beyond, to contribute an offering, in the form of this compilation of unreleased tracks and live recordings, to everyone who imagines a change of scenery.

(yes we changed the cover art lol)

15 track album

03/26/2020
The Road to Sound

The Road to Sound has some sage insight of Phong Tran & Null Object, on their Goldfeather remixes in Valentino Pier EP:

“Do the thing not because it’s a thing that you can capitalize on, but because it feeds you in a very internal way.”

"I really liked the more understated parts of the track... I believe making a remix is about taking the parts of a track that have an interesting timbre to you, and elaborating on that in your own unique style while keeping the spirit of the original track."

Our first ever Q&A's are up on the blog! I talked to Jordan Bortner (aka Null Object) and Phong Tran about their remixes for Goldfeather's Valentino Pier EP (out now on slashsound). You can read their thoughts here: http://theroadtosound.com/2020/03/26/jordan-bortner-aka-null-object-and-phong-tran-on-the-art-of-remixing/

:: SLASHSOUND1.2 Community Mixtape ::https://slashsound.bandcamp.com/album/slashsound12In this unprecedented Covid-19 er...
03/20/2020

:: SLASHSOUND1.2 Community Mixtape ::
https://slashsound.bandcamp.com/album/slashsound12

In this unprecedented Covid-19 era, we’re thinking of our friends and colleagues, artists and venues alike, who now find themselves in a financial strain as a result of widespread cultural closures. As everyone holds down in their shelters for an uncertain future (and perhaps a more flexible than normal schedule), recorded music takes on a renewed role as a source of comfort and familiarity, and an opportunity to escape into new sonic landscapes.

As a modest purveyor of left-field digital sound, slashsound is tapping into our network of collaborators to present an offering in the form of this compilation of unreleased tracks, new tracks, and unvaulted live recordings. Today we’re launching this mixtape, slashsound1.2, as a pay-what-you-can preorder model in order to synchronize with Bandcamp’s fundraiser to waive its revenue-share fees (https://daily.bandcamp.com/features/bandcamp-covid-19-fundraiser).

slashsound1.2 is a snapshot in time of sounds from the living rooms and local hard drives of our friends around the city and beyond. Although many of us are still collecting and completing tracks, we can promise slashsound1.2 will be at least an hour of brand new recordings by over a dozen artists. All proceeds now and forever from this release will go towards Artist Relief Tree (https://www.facebook.com/donate/1080011789032749) and similar initiatives aiming to assist artists who have been put out of work.

03/20/2020
phongtran.bandcamp.com

We've got a special release from Phong Tran today! "journal entries" is a two-tracker recorded in his home studio [our bedrooms are all home studios now] during this moment of social distance.

All proceeds will go toward the Artist Relief Tree, and for today [Friday] only, Bandcamp waives its revenue share fee so 100% of your contribution goes to artists in need.

https://phongtran.bandcamp.com/album/journal-entries

Dearest friends and listeners,During this time of social distancing and quarantine, slashsound will give all our proceed...
03/18/2020
slashsound

Dearest friends and listeners,

During this time of social distancing and quarantine, slashsound will give all our proceeds to the Artist Relief Tree (https://www.facebook.com/donate/1080011789032749), a charity aiming to assist artists who have been put out of work as a result of the widespread cultural closures caused by covid19. It’s time for everyone with something or time to give to do our part for the community, and as a modest purveyor of left-field digital sound, this is one way we can put those assets to work.

Friday is an especially great day to look into any of our releases you’ve been meaning to check out, as Bandcamp will waive its revenue share fees (https://daily.bandcamp.com/features/bandcamp-covid-19-fundraiser), so all of your purchase will go directly to artists and friends caught in this unprecedented bind.

Finally – we’re working on compiling a mixtape of unreleased tracks, new tracks, and unvaulted live recordings from our community of sound-making friends. With about a dozen commitments thus far, we feel ok announcing this now. We’ll post the mixtape for preorder soon as a pay-what-you-can model, and all proceeds now and forever from this mixtape will go towards ART or a similar artist support fund.

If you have a track (unreleased please, or otherwise new-to-most) which you’d like to contribute on a totally non-exclusive basis, please get in touch (DM here or email [email protected])!

Adam & Dan

PS – physical orders are still going out but we’ll fulfill them once a week for the time being. So go ahead and grab a tape or a drive!

abstract speed and sound mgt: [email protected]

Goldfeather's Valentino Pier EP in the Feb Experimental Roundup:"'I love you more than anything' haunts through vocal ma...
03/05/2020
February 2020 in Experimental Music

Goldfeather's Valentino Pier EP in the Feb Experimental Roundup:

"'I love you more than anything' haunts through vocal manipulations and quirky accompaniment, then ventures into a remix by Null Object that adds a pulsing beat, replacing downtrodden guitar with funky glitches. Phong Tran’s remix of “Alone Again” follows with cave-like echoing and a slowed-down melody, emphasizing the feeling of loneliness through chopped up melodies and eccentric electronics."

tysm to The Road to Sound for the listen!

Usually, February is quite the dismal affair: no one goes outside and everyone posts too many things about love or a lack thereof on social media. February gloominess certainly stayed true for the …

Goldfeather – Valentino Pier (SLH019R2)Listen Now: http://hyperurl.co/dw5euxGoldfeather's "Water Damaged Valentines" rem...
02/28/2020

Goldfeather – Valentino Pier (SLH019R2)
Listen Now: http://hyperurl.co/dw5eux

Goldfeather's "Water Damaged Valentines" remix EP project continues with this second installment, and we're getting : : n o s t a l g i c : :

Null Object (aka 식료품groceries)'s extended vapour-house remix of "Valentino Pier" invokes the somber wistfulness of gazing into the Upper New York Bay, while Phong Tran (of Mediaqueer)'s glacial, granular treatment of "Alone Again" via his modular synth system gets introspective at the lowest of tempi.

Rounding it out is the live in-studio performance from Goldfeather's music video shoot in Mike Tierney's Shiny Things Studio, as heard on the "Alone Again" music video.

Listen everywhere now!

🌌CHOOSE YOUR OWN INTERSTELLAR EPIC🌌super grateful for AnEarful’s perennial support in covering slashsound releases! here...
01/13/2020

🌌CHOOSE YOUR OWN INTERSTELLAR EPIC🌌

super grateful for AnEarful’s perennial support in covering slashsound releases! here’s their note on @ivt_cuthbear & John Adler’s #ScarletRisingMoon, which comes on a USB with remix stems, ableton sets, sheet music, and a 14 minute bonus track~ @ Wyoming

Congrats to our composer-hero Julia Wolfe for two Grammy nominations for her epic "Fire in my mouth" with the NY Phil! C...
11/20/2019
Cantaloupe Music

Congrats to our composer-hero Julia Wolfe for two Grammy nominations for her epic "Fire in my mouth" with the NY Phil!

Congrats also to our friends Mike Tierney for production work on "The Pieces that Fall to Earth" and Shelley Washington for her composition on Publiquartet's "Freedom and Faith"!!

A huge congrats to our own Julia Wolfe on her 2020 Grammy nominations!! Her new master work 'Fire in my mouth' is nominated for Best Engineered (Classical) and Best Contemporary Classical Composition. So proud to be among such great company 🔥✂️🔥✂️🔥✂️

still got a few flash drive albums for Scarlet Rising Moon after John Adler & @ivt_cuthbear’s Western US tour last week....
11/19/2019

still got a few flash drive albums for Scarlet Rising Moon after John Adler & @ivt_cuthbear’s Western US tour last week. get yours on our @bandcamp only! each drive is 16GB, contains the full album in multiple formats, a huuuge bonus track, Ableton ADG files and PDF scores for you to play or remix the music!

Adam Cuthbért & John Adler gave an interview on Colorado Public Radio yesterday about the Scarlet Rising Moon album, cat...
11/12/2019
Nov. 11, 2019: Veteran Trained ‘War Dogs’ For Combat; Sagebrush Is Smarter Than You Think

Adam Cuthbért & John Adler gave an interview on Colorado Public Radio yesterday about the Scarlet Rising Moon album, catch them on the last 10m of Colorado Matters, streaming here~

World War II saw the U.S. military harness a new power -- dogs who were taught to ignore gun fire and deliver messages from the front lines to the command post. We'll meet a Colorado man who trained these war dogs. Then, a plant you pass at 65 miles an hour and may not think twice about. But sage br...

🚨NEW RELEASE!🚨SLH021: Scarlet Rising Moon (2019)adam cuthbért & John AdlerType: USB & DigitalListen: http://hyperurl.co/...
11/08/2019

🚨NEW RELEASE!🚨

SLH021: Scarlet Rising Moon (2019)
adam cuthbért & John Adler
Type: USB & Digital
Listen: http://hyperurl.co/wbfclx

Over the last decade, composer Adam Cuthbert has developed his own performance practice of digitally-processed trumpet, transmuting the instrument into more of a synthesizer than an orchestral instrument, and resulting in slashsound projects like Kuuma and skullcap5050. In Scarlet Rising Moon, the composer hands the keys to the machine over to trumpeter John Adler, whose fluid improvisations and commanding performances are hypersatured, looped and deconstructed into music that is as spectral as it is melodic.

Adler breathes new life into Cuthbert’s earlier works for trumpet, forges the definitive recording of his commissioned Sonata for Trumpet and Ableton, all while making space for the duo to play in their own unique idioms via free improvisation. Scarlet Rising Moon serves both as a compendium of Cuthbert’s body of works for trumpet, and as a new genome of composer-performer spliced from jazz, techno, ambient, and contemporary composition.

COMPARTMENTS tapes are going out today! here’s @adampholmes signing and numbering the run of 100. get your copy on our @...
11/06/2019

COMPARTMENTS tapes are going out today! here’s @adampholmes signing and numbering the run of 100. get your copy on our @bandcamp ~

they’re finally here! adorable/autumnal tapes for @adampholmes’ Compartments are now shipping from our bandcamp! the bea...
11/04/2019

they’re finally here! adorable/autumnal tapes for @adampholmes’ Compartments are now shipping from our bandcamp! the beautiful jcard was designed by @natgirsberger and we made orange tapes to match the flower 🧡🧡

if you preordered a tape, they’re going out this week - tysm for your patience from the manufacturing delay 💞
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💜🖤💖 high slash fashion by @beckerinac #Repost @ivt_cuthbear with @get_repost・・・it occurred to me that i never posted pic...
10/30/2019

💜🖤💖 high slash fashion by @beckerinac

#Repost @ivt_cuthbear with @get_repost
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it occurred to me that i never posted pics of this (bc we always meant to go out and get action product shots and ofc we got busy and forgot). here is the amazing one-of-a-kind @slshsnd messenger bag that @beckerinac designed and built for my birthday this year! the fabric was collaboratively selected and the design and details are all her creation. grateful every time i go out w it

Timeline Photos
10/30/2019

Timeline Photos

the weirdest music blogs comes thru again with a spy infiltration narrative review of @auplume’s ALONE AGAIN! hear the E...
10/30/2019

the weirdest music blogs comes thru again with a spy infiltration narrative review of @auplume’s ALONE AGAIN! hear the EP on our bandcamp and read the tale on Yeah I Know It Sucks 🖤 @ Vanderbilt Mansion

"When I opened my eyes again, I was superglued to a massive rocket. I could turn my head just enough to see the name ‘sh...
10/30/2019
Yeah I Know It Sucks

"When I opened my eyes again, I was superglued to a massive rocket. I could turn my head just enough to see the name ‘shiny things studio’ on it… there was Goldfeather again to catch my eye."

read the full epic spy adventure narrative on Goldfeather's latest EP on the weirdest review blog ever ~

James Blond is on a secret mission, infiltrating in the mansion of Goldfeather!

November 5th join us at Commend as Phong Tran & Adam Cuthbért share new electronic sets. expect new synth modules, proje...
10/22/2019

November 5th join us at Commend as Phong Tran & Adam Cuthbért share new electronic sets. expect new synth modules, projections, and vocals (!) at the lower east side record store!

10/17/2019
Scarlet Rising Moon, by John Adler & Adam Cuthbert

:: NEW RELEASE ::

SLH021: Scarlet Rising Moon (2019)
John Adler & adam cuthbért
Release: November 8 (Digital & USB)

Over the last decade, composer Adam Cuthbert has developed his own performance practice of digitally-processed trumpet, transmuting the instrument into more of a synthesizer than an orchestral instrument, and resulting in slashsound projects like Kuuma and skullcap5050. In Scarlet Rising Moon, the composer hands the keys to the machine over to trumpeter John Adler, whose fluid improvisations and commanding performances are hypersatured, looped and deconstructed into music that is as spectral as it is melodic.

Adler breathes new life into Cuthbert’s earlier works for trumpet, forges the definitive recording of his commissioned Sonata for Trumpet and Ableton, all while making space for the duo to play in their own unique idioms via free improvisation. Scarlet Rising Moon serves both as a compendium of Cuthbert’s body of works for trumpet, and as a new genome of composer-performer spliced from jazz, techno, ambient, and contemporary composition.

https://adamcuthbert.bandcamp.com/album/scarlet-rising-moon

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abstract speed & sound since 2015

slashsound is a record label and artist collective that weaves the every­day landscape of urban living with digital audio/visual production. Launched in 2015 by Daniel Rhode and Adam Cuthbert (Cantaloupe Music, Bang on a Can), slashsound’s artist roster includes projects by composers, producers, and visual artists around the U.S. with a common interest in the abstract, the extreme, and the unexplored. slashsound artists build future-thinking sound environments using the tools of digital production and manipulation with the help of analog instruments and natural acoustical phenomena.

hear our catalog: https://slashsound.bandcamp.com

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